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Shaman por Kim Stanley Robinson
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Shaman (edição 2014)

por Kim Stanley Robinson (Autor)

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A saga of life thirty thousand years ago during the Ice Age depicts the lives of the shaman Thorn, an outsider named Elga, and Loon, the next shaman, who is struggling to find his own path in a treacherous and uncertain world.
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Título:Shaman
Autores:Kim Stanley Robinson (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2014), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
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Avaliação:****
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Had to skip through this detailed account of life in the stone age. Written well but wallowing in detail does not necessarily make a narrative more interesting. And regular comments on 'spurting' from a penis does not make it more grown up. And two or three vague references to the narrator inhabiting and controlling the main character is not very illuminating either. Self indulgent of the author. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Several readers were enthusiastic about this coming-of-age novel, about the change in setting and era. For me, however, the story didn't "grab" me, despite a promising premise; one doesn't always read stories set in the ice age of several thousands of years ago.

As I had put the book away a few times, in favour of other books and because circumstances weren't always favourable, picking it up again proved to be a drag. In fact, I skimmed and skipped many tens of pages to find out where the story was going. Honestly obliges me to add that certainly the second half contains indeed some peaks that rekindled my reading interest.

The story contains a lot of descriptions about the world, the habits, ..., but very little action or plot (unless somewhere over halfway; so yes, it does have its moments, without a doubt). As someone else wrote, Kim Stanley Robinson took on a minimalistic approach, which demands that you take your time to follow the adventures of Loon, as he is set to become the pack's/tribe's new shaman, but has to undergo serious life-lessons in preparation of his destiny.

I liked KSR's Science in the Capital trilogy, [b:The Years of Rice and Salt|2723|The Years of Rice and Salt|Kim Stanley Robinson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1419079388l/2723._SY75_.jpg|74882], and [b:Galileo's Dream|8864105|Galileo's Dream|Kim Stanley Robinson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1333102668l/8864105._SY75_.jpg|6579805]. 'Shaman', however, is a KSR-novel I had to "DNF" (did not finish), unfortunately.

Do check out the many other, more positive reviews on this page. 'Shaman' has its moments and shows that KSR isn't always about pure science-fiction, which in itself is good. How a story is worked out and whether or not it speaks to its readers, is a different matter.

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On my current TBR-pile, which will hopefully provide more reading pleasure, when each of these books is going to be picked up. ;-)

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* [b:New York 2140|36429920|New York 2140|Kim Stanley Robinson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1590738623l/36429920._SY75_.jpg|49898123] ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Every time I pick up another Kim Stanley Robinson novel, it's an attempt to find the things I loved about "2312" in another book. And, predictably, I have yet to find those things in his other novels. "Antartica" came very close, despite being set entirely on an earth-and-reality bound world. So I had high hopes for "Shaman," being one of his newer works and, I thought, perhaps imbued with some of the same quirks and characteristics of "2312." Unfortunately, this was not the case. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
After two bull's eyes in a row (Galileo and 2113) Shaman isn't exactly a miss but it is off centre. It's a deceptively long book, being a not alarming 456p until you notice the size of the print and realise you should add about 200p to get a fair comparison with your run-of-the-mill thriller paperback. Some of the problems relate to this length, one way or another. The most fundamental being that there is no plot worth mentioning for the entire first half of the book, making it fairly slow going. There are various events, or things mentioned seemingly in passing, where one thinks, oh! I bet that turns out to be important later! And they all do, but not until at least the half-way mark, some of them not until very near the end. So the set up just goes on and on. It's not boring but there is nothing driving it.

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http://arbieroo.booklikes.com/post/921353/shaman-kim-stanley-robinson ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
Having made his mark in science fiction Robinson is now writing historical fiction. I have read Galileo's Dream before, which i really enjoyed, so was looking forward to this one.

This story is set in Palaeolithic times, when the glaciers set the northern boundary and is centred around a character called Loon, a 12 year old, learning to be a Shaman, and his small tribe of twenty of so people. At the very beginning he is set off on his 'wander' where he is released naked and has to rely on his training an intuition to survive for a number of days; part of the training of becoming a Shaman. He survives, and his training progresses.

At a meeting of tribes he meets with girl, who returns with him to his tribe where they marry. At the next gathering she is snatched back by her tribe and Loon follows. He is captured and is taken back to be used sa a slave. His mentor Thorn decides to try a rescue of Loon and Hega from the tribe.

Overall the story isn't too bad. It has reasonably well formed characters and moderate plot development. Robinson manages to convey really well just how tough it was for humans then, and just how close to starvation that they were on a regular basis. Where the book failed for me was the dialogue. Whilst humans have been capable of complex communication for thousands of years it seems like the dialogue was from the middle ages at times. Closer to 2.5 stars; and didn't take long to read. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
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This detailed study of where we came from, including our rivalry with our Neanderthal predecessors, offers insight into who we are, wrapped in a fascinating tale about a boy coming into manhood.
 

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